Hebden Bridge is a small town in West Yorkshire. It is set in the deep cleft of a heavily wooded steep sided valley, with a river, Hebden Water, running through it.
An old mill town, it has evolved down a wobbly little path all of its own in these parts and is often likened to Glastonbury, but it is actually a lot grittier and probably much more deeply alternative and countercultural than its southern cousin. Socially, it is home and meeting place for a diverse population, many of them creative and new age minded people, with a high proportion of lesbians (and some gays).
Numerous UFO sightings have been reported in the vicinity, so space aliens obviously need no directions to find us.
Humans with large, well-functioning brains will arrive by train, at Hebden Bridge station, restored to its former glory, the town centre being a 5 min stroll down the canal or through the park.
Others will travel by car: people coming from the M62 West will be best coming off at Junction 21 and driving through Littleborough before making a right to drive through the moors, until picking up a sign to Mytholmroyd.
There aer also many buses from Halifax.
Walking is easy, town is largely pedestrianised now. The walks down the canal are easy for most people and are fine for tougher wheelchair users too.
Trains link directly to Manchester, Bradford, Leeds, York and Blackpool.
Hardcastle Crags Stoodley Pike Old road to Haworth - great walk A changing roster of different street markets Cool, converted mills turned into homes and shops Take a walk to Mytholmroyd only a mile from Hebden Bridge and yet a charming medieval community, notable for having been the origin for the legend of the Lambton Worm.
Organic and fair trade stuff, designer baby stuff, original art, jewellery, clothes, crystals and hippy tat aplenty. Good mountain bike shop (Blazing Saddles). Heart Gallery great addition to the High Street. Fabulously named Ruby Shoesday.
Massages and other therapies
Ken's Cabin - best bacon butty in the world
Fox and Goose - beards and dogs and CAMRA favourite pub
Hole in the Wall - recently renovated by an eco outfit, great style, guest beers, music most nights of the week, cool function rooms for hire
Calans - good looking micropub, well decorated throughout.
Hare and Hounds, Timothy Taylors pub, was attacked by a man with an axe in here and lost over five pints of blood, survived to tell the tale. Also very good sausage and mash!
Hinchcliffe Arms - a bit out of town but a lovely country pub.
Lots of B and B's
Treesponsibility - a local charity that plants trees everywhere they can, free days out with them planting area great way to see the hills